Archives: May, 2020

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2020, 12:18 pm

Security Marketing Without Tradeshows

A timely question indeed, from SecurityInfoWatch: With in-person trade shows all but shelved, “how can security industry manufacturers launch new products?” Think: How do customers want to receive information from you, not how many customers you have. Do livestream broadcasting “via YouTube or a similar platform” and promote your offerings through email marketing. Help customers […]

Doug Bedell — May 27, 2020, 11:32 am

TSA: Self Check-Ins May Be Coming at Airports

Whether or not the post-virus era produces a pickup in air travel, the Transportation Security Administration is considering a passenger self-screening system for airports, like self-checkouts at grocery stores, In Homeland Security reports. “Specifically, DHS is looking for a streamlined solution that screens passengers and their belongings together, in a single step, replacing the two-step […]

Doug Bedell — May 25, 2020, 12:00 pm

Switching to a Home Office? Don’t Forget Security

In this era of the Covid-19 virus, workplaces are changing – from office buildings to home offices. In many instances, that’s likely to last when the pandemic ends. On the IT Security Guru blog, the home office prospect is viewed in a U.S.-Europe perspective, with the trend appearing stronger in Europe. But half the U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — May 23, 2020, 11:58 am

Weathering a Global Business Crisis: ‘We Should Be Very Excited About the New Future’

Start rethinking the security business like all fields during this period when the economy is likely to be in a sustained COVID-19 nosedive. The rebound “will be a transformational event that should lead to global business restructuring” says Steve Lasky on Security Infowatch. Lasky reports that hedge fund manager Ray Dalio in a TED Talk […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2020, 5:33 pm

Hackers Turn Wearable Fitness Devices Into a Security Threat

Security Infowatch provides a warning about a security threat to business networks from wearable fitness devices. “In truth, the potential risks of these devices go far beyond the privacy intrusion they represent for the everyday consumer. They also present a major source of vulnerability for business and corporate networks.” “The threat that wearable fitness devices […]

Doug Bedell — May 18, 2020, 12:52 pm

A Warning for the Fall, and the White House

Nothing else matters if we can’t get the U.S. aligned – starting with the White House – to effectively cope with a rebound of the coronavirus this fall. In Homeland Security advises that Dr. Rick Bright was removed as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority “after sounding the alarm at the Department […]

Doug Bedell — May 15, 2020, 2:11 pm

Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Unit Takes on the Virus

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is providing a helpful web page on the Estimated Natural Decay of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You select a surface, enter the temperature and relative humidity and you get the estimated half-life of the virus. Homeland Security’s Science and Technology branch is “partnering with CWMD (Countering Weapons […]

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2020, 12:20 pm

Crisis Leadership: Creating an Incident Action Plan

New threats, such as protecting against the coronavirus, require an effective incident action plan, advises Dr. Randall Hanifen, at American Military University. “As leaders during this challenging time of social distancing and coronavirus,” Dr. Hanifen writes, “we must properly manage two main areas in our organizations. Those areas are planning and communication… “Some organizations have […]

Doug Bedell — May 11, 2020, 11:58 am

All the Dismaying News on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Here, from the Noticebored blog, is what we’re learning about the COVID-19 situation, and it’s not encouraging news. A sampling: “Controls against COVID-19 are imperfect, at best; some are purely for appearance sake; some are as much use as a bubble level in space; others are literally worse than useless (the cure really can be […]

Doug Bedell — May 8, 2020, 1:17 pm

How Covid-19 Undermines the Security of Our Justice System

One of the less talked about, perhaps even recognized, effects of the coronavirus pandemic is its impact on the criminal justice system. Kerry L. Erisman, a faculty member at American Military University, writes on InPublicSafety that the coronavirus has “significantly affected the state and federal court systems, in some cases bringing them to a near […]